Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Of all the horrible things about this case, there is a weird oddity: She was a passenger in a car hit from behind and she was ejected from the vehicle even though she was wearing a seat belt. 
  • The Star-Telegram twitter feed, which isn't that active, has gone wacky with a torrent of irrelevant basketball news. Here's an example of one with important SWAC news. There were at least 24 like it.
  • Emma, other than the "100" part, we're on the same page. 
  • For a District Clerk in Tarrant County who could get elected time and time again if he just kept a low profile, Tom Wilder comes across as a bit of a nut. Does he not realize that Beto carried Tarrant County against Cruz? Does he realize this is a fight he doesn't need to pick?
  • A Right Wing Terrorist killed at least 49 Muslims in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques.  He videoed it and broadcast it on Facebook live. There is no way I'm watching it. And he left a manifesto which includes his support for Trump as a "symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and he hoped to spark a "civil war in the U.S."  
  • And now we all remember Trump, at a campaign rally in South Carolina, repeating with glee a fake story of 49 Muslims massacred to ramp up Islamaphobia.
  • The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against Remington can forward over the Sandy Hook shooting. Hey, I don't think a gun maker should be liable for what nutcases do with a gun, but one aspect of the ruling has my attention: Just what did Remington say internally as to who their target audience was for AR-15s.
  • Random Jack Ruby trivia: (1) I didn't know that he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for a capital crime that no longer exists under Texas law: "Murder with Malice" (The conviction was reversed in a very short opinion, and he died before retrial.) (2) His name was actually Jack Reubenstein, and (3) the jury was even available to pose for pictures (no wonder there were so many death penalty sentences back then -- look at that group.)
  • Rick's Caberet has been sued by three different men claiming they were drugged in the Fort Worth club and taken advantage of by establishment employees. One guy claims his credit card was charged  $3,974 including $1,470 for 60 lap dances he has no memory of. “I had half a Bud-Light. That’s all I remember,” he said. “The next thing I remember is the next morning. I had no idea what happened. I felt I had been drugged by something like Ketamine or Rohypnol.”  That's going to be a brutal cross-examination based upon that statement alone. 
  • "A McLennan County probation officer is recovering from a gunshot wound after she was injured Thursday morning while being trained to carry a weapon for her job. Brittany Bates was at the Department of Public Safety Tactical Training Center in Florence when she holstered her handgun and it fired, striking her in the buttock." 
  • Candidates are serious about the Decatur City Council race. I've seen two or three of them with 4' x 8' signs with their photograph on them.